List of regiments of the Russian Air Force

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The Russian Air Force, like the Soviet Air Forces before them, has the aviation regiment as its basic organisational unit. This page will slowly attempt to list all the regiments in Russian Air Force service since May 7, 1992, the date on which Boris Yeltsin decreed the establishment of the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Primary initial source for this listing is Piotr Butowski, 'Force Report: Russian Air Force,' Air Forces Monthly, July and August 2007. Other sources included Jane's World Air Forces, Issue 0, March 1996.

Air Force[edit]

Listings of Guards titles cannot yet be considered definitive; there are no doubt errors and omissions in the table.[1]

Regiment Type Location Division
/Corps
Formation Aircraft Remarks
/Titles
1st Guards Instructor Bomber Aviation Regiment IBAP Lebyazhye NA HQ VVS Su-24 Training unit
2nd Bomber Aviation Regiment BAP Dzhida 21st SAD 14th Air Army Su-24M;[2]
3rd Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Krymsk ? 4th Air Army Su-27 Ex 562nd IAP
3rd Bomber Aviation Regiment BAP Krzywa, Poland 1961-92 149 BAD 4th Air Army Briefly at Szprotawa, Poland, early 1992, 4 June 1992, then withdrawn to Lebyazhe, Volgograd Oblast, disbanded 1992 (51°18′34″N 15°43′39″E / 51.30944°N 15.72750°E / 51.30944; 15.72750)[3]
9th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Kilp-Yavr (Poliarnyi) ? 6th Air Army Su-27; Ex 941st IAP
11th Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment RAP Marinovka ? 4th Air Army Su-24MR; 2005 renamed 6972nd Aviation Base
14th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-VVS Khalino near Kursk NA 16th Air Army MiG-29 Moved in 1998 from Zerdevka to Khalino[4]
18th Assault Air Regiment ShAP Galyonki 303th SAD 11th Air Army Su-25;
19th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Millerovo NA 4th Air Army MiG-29;
22nd Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Centralnaya Uglovaya (Artem) 23 KPVO 11th Air Army Su-27;
23rd Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Dzemgi 25th DPVO 11th Air Army Su-27 First -27SM unit
28th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-VVS Andreapol NA 16th Air Army MiG-29 Reformed from 33 IAP, withdrawn from Wittstock, GSFG 1994
31st Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Zernograd NA 4th Air Army MiG-29;[5]
33rd Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Andreapol 16th Air Army MiG-29 Disbanded 1994.[6]
35th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Zherdevka VVS MVO MiG-29 Disbanded 1996. [2]
41st Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO IAP Burevestnik, Iturup Island 24th Air Defence Division PVO 11th Air Defence Army? MiG-23ML/MLD Disbanded May 1994 [3]
47th Guards Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment RAP Shatalovo NA 16th Air Army MiG-25 and Su-24MR Pomerania Red Banner; 1988-93 named 1046th TsBPiPLS
52nd Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment TBAP Shaykovka 22nd TBAD 37th Air Army Tu-22M3
54th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Savasleyka NA HQ PVO Su-27 Disbanded 2005-06 (Holm: disbanded 2002 and absorbed by 3958 Aviation Base)[7]
67th Bomber Aviation Regiment BAP Siverskiy-2 NA 6th Air Army Su-24 [8]
79th Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment TBAP Ukrainka 326th TBAD 37th Air Army TU-95MS
98th Guards Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment RAP Monchegorsk NA 6th Air Army MiG-25RB/U, Su-24MR [9]
103rd Transport Aviation Regiment VTAP Smolensk NA 61st Air Army Il-76
110th Transport Aviation Regiment VTAP Krechevitsy NA 61st Air Army Il-76
117th Transport Aviation Regiment VTAP Orenburg NA 61st Air Army Il-76/An-12
120th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Domna, 27 km SW Chita NA 14th Air Army MiG-29;
121st Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment TBAP Engels-2 22nd TBAD 37th Air Army Tu-160
138th Independent Mixed Air Regiment OSAP Levashevo NA 6th Air Army An-12, An-26, Mi-8, Tu-134;
159th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Besovets NA 6th Air Army Su-27;
160th Training Aviation Regiment UAP Borisoglebsk 786th Training Centre HQ VVS Su-27
174th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Monchegorsk 21st Air Defence Corps 10th Army PVO MiG-25, MiG-31 Печенгский Red Banner named for B.F. Safonov, Disbanded September 1, 2001[10]
176th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-VVS Mikha Tskhakaya (Senaki), Georgia ? 34th Air Army MiG-29 Withdrawn to Bagai-Baranovka in 1992 and disbanded[11]
177th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Lodeynoye Pole NA 6th Air Army Su-27;
182nd Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment TBAP Ukrainka 326th TBAD 37th Air Army Tu-95MS
184th Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment TBAP Engels-2 22nd TBAD 37th Air Army Tu-95MS In Ukraine until 2000; reformed at Engels-2 on 1 September 2000.[12]
187th Assault Aviation Regiment ShAP Chernigovka 303rd SAD 11th Air Army Su-25;
196th Transport Aviation Regiment VTAP Migalovo 12th VTAD 61st Air Army Il-76
200th Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment TBAP Belaya 326th TBAD 37th Air Army Tu-22M3/MR
226th Independent Mixed Aviation Regiment OSAP Kubinka NA KSN Mi-8, Mi-9, An-12, An-24, An-26, An-30
237th Guards Air Technology Demonstration Centre TsPAT Kubinka NA 16th Air Army MiG-29, Su-27, Su-27M, L-39C
257th Independent Mixed Aviation Regiment OSAP Khabarovsk-Bolshoy NA 11th Air Army An-12, An-26, Mi-8;
265th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Poduzhemye, Karelian ASSR 23rd Air Defence Division 10th Air Defence Army Sukhoi Su-27 Disbanded 1994.[13]
266th Assault Aviation Regiment ShAP Step 21 SAD 14th Air Army Su-25;
274th Aviation Regiment of Fighter-Bombers APIB Migalovo VVS MVO Su-17 Disbanded 1993.[14]
277th Bomber Aviation Regiment BAP Khurba 303 SAD 11th Air Army Su-24
296th Bomber Air Regiment BAP Marinovka 10 BAD 4 A VVS i PVO Su-24 Disbanded after 2002
302nd Bomber Aviation Regiment BAP Verino 303 SAD 11th Air Army Su-24
313th Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment RAP Bada 21 SAD 14th Air Army Su-24MR;
334th Transport Aviation regiment VTAP Pskov NA 61st Air Army Il-76
343rd Instructional Fighter Aviation Regiment IIAP Sennoy MiG-29 Disbanded 1998.[15]
368th Assault Aviation Regiment ShAP Budyonnovsk NA 4th Air Army Su-25
431st Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Afrikanda 10th Air Defence Army Su-15 Formed January 1942; merged with 641 GvIAP in September 1993 to form 470 GvIAP.[16]
444th Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment TBAP Ussuriysk 326th TBAD 37th Air Army Tu-22M3
445th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Savatiya (Kotlas) 23rd Air Defence Division 10th Air Defence Army MiG-25P Formed July 1941; 1993 absorbed by the 72nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO.[17]
455th Bomber Aviation Regiment BAP Chertovitskoye, Voronezh 105 SAD 16th Air Army Su-24
458th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Savatiya (Kotlas) NA 6th Air Army MiG-25U, MiG-31;
461st Assault Aviation Regiment ShAP Krasnodar NA 4th Air Army Su-25 Partially formed from portion of 80 OShAP withdrawn from Azerbaijan
470th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Afrikanda NA 6th Air Army Su-27 Disbanded September 1, 2001[18]
472nd Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Kursk 7th Division of PVO Moscow Dist PVO? MiG-23S Disbanded May 1, 1998[19]
518th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO IAP-PVO Talagi Airport Corps PVO 10th Air Defence Army MiG-31? 518 иап 1945. Disbanded 1998.[20]
524th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Letneozersk 22nd Air Defence Corps 10th Air Defence Army Mikoyan MiG-25P Disbanded 1994[21]
530th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Sokolovka 23 PVO 11th Air Army MiG-25PU, MiG-31
535th Independent Mixed Aviation Regiment OSAP Rostov on Don NA 4th Air Army Mi-8, An-12 and An-26
559th Bomber Aviation Regiment BAP Morozovsk NA 4th Air Army Su-24
566th Transport Aviation Regiment VTAP Seshcha 12th VTAD 61st Air Army Il-76/An-124
611th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Dorokhovo 32nd KPVO KSN Su-27
708th Transport Aviation Regiment VTAP Taganrog NA 61st Air Army Il-76 15.10.09 renamed 798th Guards Kerch Red Banner Military-Transport Aviation Regiment. Awards from the 192nd Guards Military-Transport Aviation Regiment. (Holm)
712th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Kansk None 14th Air Army MiG-25PU, MiG-31
722nd Bomber Aviation Regiment BAP Smuravyevo NA 6th Air Army Su-24;
763rd Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP MiG-31 Disbanded 1998.
750th Training Aviation Regiment UAP Orsk, Orenburg Oblast 43 TsBPiPLS DA Long Range Aviation Tupolev Tu-134UBL [4] Disbanded 1998.
764th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Bolshoye Savino None HQ VVS MiG-25PU, MiG-31
765th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO IAP-PVO Salka, Sverdlovsk Oblast 20th Air Defence Corps 4th Air Defence Army Disbanded 1994?[22]
773rd Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP Andreapol 16 GvIAD 16th Air Army MiG-29 Absorbed by 28 GvIAP, MAy 1994.[23]
790th Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Khotilovo 32 KPVO KSN MiG-31, MiG-25U
799th Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment RAP Varfolomeyevka NA 11th Air Army Su-24MR, MiG-25RB(?);
840th Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment TBAP Soltsy-2 22nd TBAD 37th Air Army Tu-22M3
849th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO IAP-PVO Kupino, Novosibirsk Oblast 41st Air Defence Division 14th Air Defence Army MiG-23ML/MLD Kupino 1962-98. Disbanded 1 August 1998.[24]
865th Red Banner Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-PVO Yelizovo 6th Air Defence Division 11th Air Defence Army Mikoyan MiG-31 Transferred to Pacific Fleet on 1 July 1998[25]
871st Fighter Aviation Regiment IAP-VVS Smolensk ? 16th Air Army? Su-27 Pomerania Red Banner; Withdrawn from Kolobrezg, Poland, disbanded 1993-8
899th Assault Aviation Regiment ShAP Buturlinovka 105 SAD 16th Air Army Su-25
959th Bomber Aviation Regiment BAP Yeysk NA 4th Air Army Su-24 and L-39C;
960th Assault Aviation Regiment ShAP Primorsko-Akhtarsk NA 4th Air Army Su-25;
968th Sevastopol Research-Instructor Composite Aviation Regiment IIAP Lipetsk 4 TsBPiPLS HQ VVS MiG-29, Su-25, Su-27/M, Su-30, Su-24M/MP/34 Altenburg, East Germany, 1989-Apr 92.[26]

Army aviation component[edit]

In December 2003 all aviation assets of the Russian Ground Forces were transferred to the Air Force.

Regiment Type Location Formation Aircraft Remarks
/Titles
45th Independent Helicopter Regiment OVP Vorotynsk KSN Mi-24 Renamed from 336 OVP to 45 OVP 2000 or 2001[27]
55th Independent Helicopter Regiment OVP Korenovsk 4th Air Army Mi-8/Mi-24
112th Independent Helicopter Regiment OVP Chita 14th Air Army Mi-8/Mi-24
225th Independent Helicopter Regiment OVP Protasovo near Ryazan  ? Mi-8/24 1998 disbanded and replaced by 865 Heli Reserve Base (BRV)[27]
319th Independent Helicopter Regiment for Battle Control OVP BU Chernigovka 11th Air Army Mi-24
325th Independent Transport-Combat Helicopter Regiment OTBVP Yegorlykskaya 4th Air Army Mi-8/Mi-26
332nd Independent Helicopter Regiment for Battle Control OVP BU Pribylovo 6th Air Army Mi-8/Mi-24
337th Independent Helicopter Regiment OVP Berdsk 14th Air Army Mi-8/Mi-24/Mi-28
361st Independent Helicopter Regiment OVP Dolinsk-Sokol 11th Air Army Mi-8
364th Independent Helicopter Regiment OVP Srednebelaya 11th Air Army Mi-8/Mi-24/Mi-26
440th Independent Helicopter Regiment for Battle Control OVP BU Vyazma KSN Mi-8/Mi-24
487th Independent Helicopter Regiment for Battle Control OVP BU Budyonnovsk 4th Air Army Mi-8/Mi-24
490th Independent Helicopter Regiment for Battle Control OVP BU Klokovo KSN Mi-8/Mi-24
793rd Independent Helicopter Regiment OVP Kinel 5th Air Army Mi-8/Mi-26
825th Independent Helicopter Regiment OVP Garovka 11th Air Army Mi-6/Mi-8/Mi-26 35th Army[28]

Index of abbreviations[edit]

It should be noted that while the titles of the regiments are translated, the regiment type sort uses the transliterated Russian abbreviation:

  • IAP - Fighter Aviation Regiment
  • BAP - Bomber Aviation Regiment
  • RAP - Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment
  • (O)SAP - (Independent) Mixed Aviation Regiment (also sometimes translated as Composite Aviation Regiment)
  • UAP - Training Aviation Regiment
  • UVP - Training Helicopter Regiment
  • 'IAP-PVO' indicates the regiment was part of the Air Defence Forces before 1998, and is air defence dedicated. 'IAP-VVS' indicates that a regiment was part of the Air Force before 1998, and, in most cases, they are regiments tasked with attaining tactical air supremacy. Only a few regiments have a type suffix added yet.
  • TsBPiPLS - Centre for Combat Training and Flight Personnel Training
  • APIB - Fighter-Bomber Aviation Regiment
  • APON - Aviation Regiment for Special Purposes
  • IBAP - Instructor Bomber Aviation Regiment
  • IISAP - Research Instructor Composite Aviation Regiment
  • IVTAP - Instructor Military Transport Aviation Regiment
  • OAPSZ - Independent Air Regiment of Tanker Aircraft
  • OIAP - Independent Fighter Regiment
  • OTBVP - Independent Transport-Combat Helicopter Regiment
  • OSAP - Independent Composite Air Regiment
  • OTBVP - Independent Transport-Combat Helicopter Regiment
  • OVP - Independent Helicopter Regiment
  • OVP BU - Independent Helicopter Regiment for Battle Control
  • OVTAP - Independent Military Transport Air Regiment
  • TBAP - Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment
  • VTAP - Military Transport Aviation Regiment

Other acronyms include:

  • AB - Air base
  • ABON - Air base for Special purposes
  • ABSDRLO - Air Base of Long-range Radiolocation Detection Aircraft (Airborne early warning and control)
  • AG - Air group
  • BRS - Aircraft Reserve Base
  • BRV - Helicopter Reserve Base
  • CBPiBP - Centre for Combat Training and Combat Application
  • CBPiPLS - Centre for Combat Training and Flight Personnel Training
  • DPVO - Division of the PVO
  • HQ - Headquarters
  • KPVO - Corps of PVO (Air Defence Forces)[29]
  • SAD - Composite Aviation Division
  • VVS - literally 'Military Air Forces,' the Russian term for the Russian Air Force
  • VTAD - Military Transport Aviation Division
  • UCBP - Training Center for Combat Application
  • VA - Air Army

The Russian word отдельный can be translated as either 'Independent,' 'Separate' or (rarely) 'Detached'; it designates a unit which is directly subordinate to a formation commander without an intermediate echelon, such as an Aviation Division.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A significant number of omitted regiments can be seen at: "Aviation Regiments". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  2. ^ "2nd Guards Bomber Aviation Regiment". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  3. ^ "3rd Bomber Aviation Regiment". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Piotr Butowski, Air Power Analysis: Russian Federation, Part 2, International Air Power Review, Vol. 13, Summer 2004, p.88
  5. ^ Michael Holm, [1], accessed December 2012.
  6. ^ Michael Holm
  7. ^ "54th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  8. ^ "67th Bomber Aviation Regiment". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  9. ^ "98th independent Guards Reconnaissance Aviation Regiment". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  10. ^ "174th Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  11. ^ With thanks to Mr. V.I. Feskov
  12. ^ Butowski 2004, 82.
  13. ^ "265th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  14. ^ "Форум поддержки АГВП "Стрижи" - 274-й апиб (иап)". Strizhi.ru. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  15. ^ "Николаев Николай Викторович". Vaul.ru. 1963-04-14. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  16. ^ "431st Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  17. ^ "445th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  18. ^ accessed April 2009
  19. ^ "472nd Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  20. ^ "518th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  21. ^ http://www.ww2.dk/new/air%20forces/
  22. ^ http://www.ww2.dk/new/air%20force/regiment/iap/765iap.htm
  23. ^ http://www.ww2.dk/new/air%20force/regiment/iap/773iap.htm
  24. ^ "849th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO". Michael Holm. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  25. ^ Michael Holm, 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO, accessed December 2012.
  26. ^ http://www.ww2.dk/new/air%20force/regiment/iap/968iap.htm
  27. ^ a b Piotr Butowski, Air Power Analysis: Russian Federation, Part 2, International Air Power Review, Vol. 13, Summer 2004, p.89
  28. ^ "825th independent Helicopter Regiment". Ww2.dk. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  29. ^ See Viktor Suvorov, Inside the Soviet Army, Hamish Hamilton, for a theoretical description of a PVO Corps during the late Soviet period
  30. ^ Suvarov, Viktor (Unk). "Chapter 3, 'Combat Organisation: The Division,' Inside the Soviet Army". Hamish Hamilton, London. 

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